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Jan. 24, 2021, 4:48 p.m. EST

Tech’s ‘last hurrah’? If hedge funds are any indication, it could be a big week for Apple, Amazon and other megacap favorites

Shawn Langlois

That’s Gene Goldman, chief investment officer at Cetera Financial Group, talking to Bloomberg News about a surge in tech buying by hedge funds ahead of high-profile earnings from the likes of Apple (NAS:AAPL) and Amazon (NAS:AMZN) in the coming days.

According to Goldman Sachs Group’s prime brokerage, hedge funds increased their net exposure to megacaps in the technology sector at one of the fastest paces in recent years. This coming off a stretch where the “smart money” was unloading some of the most prominent names.

After holding up strong in the face of the pandemic, Facebook (NAS:FB) , Apple, Amazon, Microsoft (NAS:MSFT) and Alphabet (NAS:GOOG) (NAS:GOOGL) are all expected to post faster profit growth than the rest of the market for a 12th straight quarter, Bloomberg estimates show.

If Netflix’s (NAS:NFLX) showing after results last week is any indication, such a “last hurrah” could be a profitable one for those loading up on tech stocks. Netflix surged 17% on its strong numbers.

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Megacap tech aside, it’s a huge week for earnings overall, with nearly a quarter of the S&P 500 set to report results . Combined, the companies reporting represent 39% of the index by market value. Given that the S&P 500 is weighted by market capitalization, this roster of companies will have an outsize impact on the profit trajectory for the index.

It’s also a busy stretch for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW:DJIA) , with 13 members of the blue-chip index getting ready to report their quarterly results, including 3M (NYS:MMM) , Johnson & Johnson  (NYS:JNJ) and American Express (NYS:AXP) .

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